Oct 20, 2017

Obama condemns divisive politics, without name-checking Trump

Erica Pandey, author of @Work

Former President Barack Obama, right, greets Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam. Photo: Steve Helber / AP

We have politicians trying to "get the base all riled up because it provides a short-term tactical advantage," Barack Obama said at a campaign rally for Ralph Northam, the Democratic nominee for Virginia governor, Thursday night, saying America had to aspire to a better form of politics.

  • "If you had to win a campaign by dividing people, you're not gonna be able to govern them," he added. "You won't be able to unite them later, if that's how you start."
  • "Folks don't feel good right now about what they see. They don't feel as if our public life reflects our best."

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